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AIDS Taskforce Public Policy Department Opens New Columbus Office; Creates New Policy and Advocacy Alliance in Cincinnati

The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and Caracole of Cincinnati are pleased to announce a formal public policy and advocacy collaboration. More than 10 years ago, the AIDS Taskforce established the first fully funded, full time department of public policy in Ohio and has continued been the leader in federal, state and local policy and advocacy efforts in the State of Ohio. We are proud to join forces with Cincinnati’s leading provider of safe, affordable housing and supportive services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.

Founded in 1987, Caracole House was the first licensed adult care facility in Ohio for people living with HIV/AIDS. Today, Caracole provides direct care services and housing to people with HIV/AIDS and their families along a continuum of care. More than 1,200 people have been housed through Caracole’s programs. The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland is a non-profit, community based AIDS service and education organization. Established in 1983, the AIDS Taskforce is the oldest AIDS service provider in Northeast Ohio, and the primary provider in Cleveland of both community based HIV prevention education and non-medical social services to people living with HIV and AIDS.

This collaboration will enable both organizations to better serve and represent their constituents, engage consumers and stakeholders, and influence decision-makers at all levels of government.

In addition to this important alliance, the Taskforce has established an even deeper presence in the state capital. Our outreach in Columbus and in the Statehouse will now be expanded through the opening of a satellite office. This new location will allow for greater synergy with legislators and policy-makers, as well as more extensive connections with our like-minded partners already located in Columbus.

Advocacy Efforts Supported

The George Gund Foundation approved a $29,000 grant to support the AIDS Taskforce’s work with the Ohio Advocates Youth Leadership Council. The Ohio Advocates Youth Leadership Council is a statewide group of diverse youth and young adults (ages 15-24) working to influence policies and programs that support sexual health. This support will bolster the accomplishments of their local, state and national organizing and advocacy efforts.

AIDS Taskforce Supports Dining Out in Cleveland

As more and more Northeast Ohio restaurants make noise on the national scene, local foodies are finding additional reason to celebrate. Cleveland Restaurant Week, Cleveland Independents’ annual promotion featuring three course, $30 (plus tax and gratuity) prix fixe menus, will be celebrated from November 1-13. “We’ve discovered that this promotion, above any another, inspires everyone in Northeast Ohio to visit locally owned, independent restaurants,” says Marlin Kaplan, owner of Dragonfly Restaurant and the organization’s president. Dragonfly, and many Cleveland area restaurants, are strong supporters of the work of the AIDS Taskforce. “We are pleased to align ourselves with Cleveland’s amazing restaurants,” said John Farina of the AIDS Taskforce, “so many of them are always willing to step up to help us.”

A specially-designated Cleveland Restaurant Week webpage will be created on Cleveland Independents’ website, www.clevelandindependents.com, detailing sample menus from each of the participating restaurants. Diners are advised to make advance reservations since the two-week promotion is extremely popular. “Our goal has consistently been to showcase our members and the wonderful dining options in Northeast Ohio,” adds Kaplan, “This particular promotion has not only achieved that, but has taken it a step further. We’re finding that each year, we receive more and more community support.” Not only will Positively Cleveland, WKYC’s Good Company and other local media back the event this year, but also local purveyors.

A number of chefs will be featured on local television and radio programs, talking about their restaurants and the significance of Cleveland Restaurant Week. Sponsors of Cleveland Restaurant Week 2011 include: Great Lakes Publishing, Positively Cleveland, Good Company, Constellation Wines, Premier Produce, Charter One Bank, Open Table, WMMS, WAKS, WMJI, V107.3, coolcleveland.com, Barcode Connections and jakprints.

…and speaking of food,

The AIDS Taskforce is proud to partner with the Cleveland Food bank on ‘Produce for People’. On three occasions, the AIDS Taskforce will be a site for distribution of fresh produce for people in need. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our clients and for us to connect with the broader community through food” says Leon Hall, ATGC Director of Operations. Produce distributions will take place from 10 am until 2 pm on November 15, December 13 and January 10. This will be in addition to our annual ‘Turkey Tuesday’ during the week of Thanksgiving when we provide turkeys and other food to our clients for their Thanksgiving meals and our ‘Biggest Load’ food collection on November 12. For more information or to offer your help, call Leon at 216-621-0766, ext 227 or e-mail him at lhall@atfgc.org.

AIDS Taskforce Annual Appeal

Be on the lookout for the AIDS Taskforce’s Annual Appeal letter coming in the next few weeks. The dollars raised during this critical time are vital to our agency’s ability to end the year on a strong note and provide for our clients at one of the toughest times of the year for many of them. Our great work is not possible without you; please give generously. In fact, don’t wait for the letter – make your gift right now by clicking HERE! Thank you!!